Dr. Mary Affee

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Dr. Mary Affee
President & Founder

Specializes in Individual, Adolescent & Children’s Therapy

Dr. Mary Affee, originally from Long Island, New York, is the Founder and Clinical Director of Horizon Integrated Wellness Group, PLLC, a mental wellness practice that specializes in mental health services for children, teens and families. Dr. Affee is a licensed Clinical Social worker, and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor who has extensive clinical experience working with trauma. Dr. Affee is passionate about integrating expressive therapies into her practice and the organization as a whole. She has worked in the field of mental health for more than 12 years, and has practiced in both public and private sectors, which includes public schools in New York and Wake County Public Schools. Dr. Affee is also an adjunct professor at Molloy College, where she teaches play therapy and expressive arts therapy in the school’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Dr. Affee is dedicated to providing outstanding service to others. She was among the many heroes who immediately fled to New York hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic to assist first responders by providing psychological first aid. Although she will never allow you to call her a hero, she feels that it was her opportunity to give back to the medical professionals who saved her daughter from cancer eight years ago. As the newly appointed president for the North Carolina Association for Play Therapy, Dr. Affee hopes to continue to create awareness for age-appropriate, culturally appropriate and developmentally appropriate treatment for children, teens, families and communities. When she is not caring for her patients, Dr. Affee, relishes time with her granddaughter, Adalina.

My passion is to provide adults, teens, and children with the tools that enable them to gain insight and mastery over their emotions through their healing process to empower them in their lives. I help my clients find healthy perceptions of themselves and assist them with strengthening relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole, and safe. Life is not always easy, life can hurt, and life can be unpredictable. When people experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their life to unravel. I understand that not a single approach or modality is suitable for every individual, including children. This is why I developed a practice with an integrative approach that utilizes more than just talk therapy.

Dr. Mary Affee

Mary’s Treatment Approach

  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Expressive Art Therapy
  • Sensory Based Interventions
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy


  • Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership, Gardner-Webb University, NC
  • Masters of Art- Executive Leadership, Gardner-Webb University, NC
  • Masters of Social Work, Fordham University, NY
  • Bachelor of Arts, SUNY Empire State College, Westbury, NY

Certifications, Licenses, & Awards

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, North Carolina, 2013
  • Licensed School Social Worker, North Carolina, 2011
  • Registered Play Therapist, 2013
  • Certified Health Coach, 2014
  • Certified Trauma Specialist, 2011
  • National Emerging Leader Service Award ~National Association for Play Therapy, 2022
  • Award of Excellence-National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children -Michigan, 2014 

Presentations and Lectures

The Global Exchange Conference-Orlando, Florida

Creative Counseling Techniques to Promote Rellisiency


A.S.P.I.R.E. Annual Conference – Bethpage, New York

Digital Dependence: Do you know where your children are?


NASW NC Chapter, 2021 FALL Conference (Virtual)

Creative Counseling Techniques for Engaging Clients Virtually


2021 A.S.P.I.R.E. Annual Conference – Bethpage, New York

Creative Recovery Techniques: An Integrated Trauma Informed Approach: Utilizing Expressive Therapies to Facilitate Recovery


The Fourth Annual CE You Summer Virtual Mini Conference: “Moving Forward”

Creative Counseling Techniques: Engaging Clients in a Virtual Reality


Molloy 2021 Spring Conference – Molloy College, Long Island New York

Creative Counseling Techniques: Engaging Clients in a Virtual Reality



NASW NC Branch Local Program Units – Holly Hill Hospital, Raleigh, NC

Utilizing Sand in Psychotherapy: The Do’s and Don’ts and How To Get Started


NC School Social Worker Association Fall Conference – Cary, NC


NASW NC Branch Local Program Units – Holly Hill Hospital, Raleigh, NC

The Magic of Metaphors: Integrating Expressive Therapies to Enhance Client Engagement


Reignite 2019 Johnston County Public Schools: Continuing the Conversation

The H.E.A.R.T of Relationships: Using an Interpersonal Neurobiological Perspective


NASW NC Chapter, 2019 Fall Conference

Making Termination Meaningful: The Neurobiological Impact of Imagery, Metaphor, and Expression


2019 Expressive Arts Summit – New York, New York

Making Termination Meaningful: The Neurobiological Impact of Imagery, Metaphor, and Expression


The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children – Lansing, Michigan

Annual Childhood Trauma Practitioner’s Conference–SITCAP in Action: How to Use in Schools


Pfeiffer University – Raleigh, NC– Graduate Program-Marriage and Family Therapy

Guest Speaker-Understanding Trauma


North Carolina School Social Worker Association-(NCSSWA) – Pinehurst, North Carolina

Annual Fall Conference-A Trauma Informed Approach to Working with Students Experiencing Homelessness


Fordham University, New York-Graduate School of Social Service-Fordham/Molloy MSW Program

Guest Speaker-What is Play Therapy and Understanding Trauma





Adjunct Faculty

Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York
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